Series: “Traveling Mercies: On the Road with Paul" • Pastor David R. Stokes

Today: “The PERFECTING Storm—Part Two”


Read: Acts 27:21-28:6


READ: Devotional


The great Christian thinker, C.S. Lewis, wrote this in his book, ‘The Problem of Pain’: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain.” This principle never rings more true to us than when we are going through a personal storm. Our faith is tested, our hope is taxed, and our fears are magnified when we are surrounded by circumstances that seem to be organized for our demise.


As another great theologian—Kelly Clarkson (☺)—said: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” Storms rage through our lives with potentially destructive power, but they don’t have to destroy us—or even DEFINE us. We can avoid some storms—especially those that flow furiously because of our own bad choices. But we can’t escape all storms.


Sometimes the only way from point “A” to point “B” in our spiritual journey is through turbulence and trouble. The key factor in successful navigation through stormy weather is to find out what God is saying and to hold on to Him and His word.




  • Think of a time in your life when a painful process helped you grow.
  • Think of a time in your life when you handled a storm badly.
  • How can I know whether a storm is my fault, or just providential circumstance.







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